By Oliver Hembury-Gunn Refugees are treated as political objects by governments worldwide as part of official migration policies. As part of their border defence policies, rich democracies pay huge sums to convince refugee and migrant ‘sender countries’ to block refugees’ onward travel into their borders. Often, governments make no distinction between refugees and labour migrants,... Continue Reading →
Is the UK ‘Anti-Immigration’?
by Lianna Ng, GSD Correspondent Back in June last year, when it was announced that the first group of asylum seekers would be ‘relocated’ to Rwanda on the 14th of June, reports of suicide attempts among those facing this prospect began emerging. This arrangement, officially known as the ‘UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership’, was... Continue Reading →
Narrating Italian Migration to Switzerland – a Success Story?
by Ilaria Ravazzolo, GSD Correspondent The common narrative in the media and among the Swiss population today is that the story of Italian immigrants in Switzerland is one of successful integration. They are, in fact, portrayed as the ‘good’, exemplary immigrant group which has achieved full assimilation. How much truth is behind this narrative though?... Continue Reading →
Effective Activism: A Hopeful Step Towards a Sustainable Future
By Isabel Govier, Assistant Editor and Campaigns Manager of GLOBUS Over recent years the world has been met with ever-increasing waves of activism, with over a third of all human rights climate cases being filed between 2020 and 2021. At the University of Warwick there are 42 charity and campaigning societies, striving to increase sustainability via... Continue Reading →
‘Women Are Always Right’, But Is The Right Feminist? – Female Representation within Swiss Politics
By GLOBUS correspondent, Ilaria Ravazzolo The common perception of Switzerland is that it’s a ‘good’ country which is doing well economically and never seems to have any serious problems. What most people probably think of right away is chocolate, money, and banks (not necessarily in that order). It’s true that people in Switzerland enjoy a... Continue Reading →
Protection From The Virus: At The Price Of Modern Slavery?
by Sakeena Rajpal, GLOBUS Correspondent "It is awful to think that PPE we have been wearing through this pandemic may have been made by Uyghur forced labour”. Nus Ghani, Conservative MP We are all only too familiar with the devastating consequences caused by Covid-19, the disease that has led to a global pandemic with unprecedented... Continue Reading →
‘Inform, Educate, Entertain’: The Future of the British Broadcasting Corporation
By Todd Olive, former Editor in Chief In a desperate attempt to distract from the unfolding chaos of ‘Partygate’, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport announced on Twitter earlier this year that the current funding model of the largest public service broadcaster in the world would be retired in 2028 – bringing to a head... Continue Reading →
Hunger and War: How the Russian War on Ukraine Threatens Global Food Security
By Caitlin Hoyland, GLOBUS correspondant Food insecurity is incurred upon regions afflicted by conflict. This is obvious. Conflict ravages food crops, destroys infrastructure and transport links, and destabilises food markets. In turn, regions enduring food insecurity are vulnerable to outbreaks of conflict. Hunger and conflict are oppressive forces which reinforce one another in a vicious... Continue Reading →
Tiger King: Cruel or Conservation?
by Amy Denton, Assistant Editor It’s 2020, the world is in lockdown from the Coronavirus pandemic. We all turn on Netflix as we have nothing else to do, and what do we see? “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”. This smash-hit documentary follows the story of Joe Exotic, a small-zoo owner and tiger-collector in America... Continue Reading →
Myanmar’s First Anniversary Since The Failed Military Coup – A Passage Far From Celebration
By Sakeena Rajpal, GLOBUS Correspondent It has been just over a year since the military took over control in Myanmar on the 1st February 2021, denying their people of democracy and freedom. Over this time, the destructive impact of the military coups’ brutal and terrorising power on the country is evident. According to the IRC (International Rescue Committee)... Continue Reading →
Energy: A Crisis Within a Crisis
By GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief Sara Azeem Inspired by Bret Willer's and Jonathan Neale's talks entitled ‘Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Citizens’ and 'Climate Jobs and Green New Deals' respectively, delivered at the TED Countdown event organised by TEDxWarwick and GLOBUS The “energy crisis” isn’t recent news. Anyone keeping an eye on the news (and their energy bills)... Continue Reading →
Austerity: A Modern Greek Tragedy
By Alexandros Kassapis, GLOBUS correspondant The following article is inspired by an essay written for Global Health Law LA394, convened by Dr Sharifah Sekalala. It has become obviously apparent in world news that the Greek economy has suffered a long recession; to be accurate, the longest economic recession an advanced capitalist state has suffered to date. What... Continue Reading →
A Quick Intro to Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change
by Amy Denton, Assistant Editor Inspired by Dr Fiona Nunan's talk entitled ‘Power-sharing for nature-based solutions to climate change', delivered at the TED Countdown event organised by TEDxWarwick and GLOBUS. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are actions and policies that protect, manage and restore ecosystems to address socio-environmental challenges, and are being used more and more in... Continue Reading →
COP26 and the dubious promise of climate change relief for developing countries ￼
By GLOBUS Correspondent Ezster Vlasits and Perspectives Correspondent Jazir Mohammad In this exciting collaboration, GLOBUS correspondent Ezster Vlasits and Jazir Mohammad from Perspectives combine their environmental and political lenses to explore the issues behind COP26 and the promise of relief for developing countries who are facing the worst of climate change. Are we looking at a more equal world... Continue Reading →
Soya: Too Good To Be True?
by Amy Denton, Assistant Editor In recent years, vegetarianism and veganism have been hailed as the most healthy and sustainable diets. A survey conducted on perceptions around the two diets showed that 73% of people considered them to be ethical, 70% thought being vegan or vegetarian was good for the environment, and over 50% thought... Continue Reading →
The Rubbish System Of Our Rubbish System
by Caitlin Hoyland, GLOBUS Correspondent It is comforting to know that, according to the UK government’s records, just under half of our plastic waste is recycled, almost matching Germany, the world’s recycling champion. This means that only 0.8% of the UK’s waste can be attributed to plastic waste, an especially impressive statistic when compared to... Continue Reading →
Warwick Climate Negotiation Forum: Students for a Better Future
by Izzy Hardern, GLOBUS Correspondent, and Katy Greco, Deputy Editor Izzy Hardern – 29th October 2021 With COP26 taking place in Glasgow, the University of Warwick had its own simulation of global climate negotiations so that students passionate about preventing climate change could experience the highs and lows of negotiating the green transition. As a... Continue Reading →
COP: The Successes and Failures of the Paris Agreement (Part 3)
By Amy Denton, assistant editor of GLOBUS Now that you’ve heard all about the Kyoto Protocol which some say paved the way for the Paris Agreement, let us explore the successes and failures of one of history’s most significant international environmental accords. But first, what is the Paris Agreement? The aim of the Paris Agreement... Continue Reading →
COP Successes and Criticisms: The Kyoto Protocol (Part 2)
By Katy Greco, Deputy Editor So now we know all about the UNFCCC and what the COP actually is, you might be wondering what, if anything, does it all achieve? The truth is, like many (multinational) relationships, it’s complicated. The purpose of the UNFCCC was to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the... Continue Reading →
The UK’s ‘neo-colonial’ Nationality and Borders Bill: devoid of dignity, morality, and compassion
By Caitlin Hoyland, GLOBUS correspondant In June of this year, the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, proposed the Nationality and Borders Bill. This bill aims in part to implement new legislature as part of Patel’s ambition to create a ‘fair, humane, compassionate, and outward-looking Home Office’. Yet the UK Government isn’t planning on investigating the... Continue Reading →